The COMELEC yesterday released Bid Bulletin No. 5, relative to the bidding for the Automation of the 11 August 2008 elections in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Bid Bulletin No. 5, signed by COMELEC Executive Director Jose M. Tolentino Jr., amends those portions of the Request for Proposal which require that the automated election system (AES) to be procured by the COMELEC should have been successfully used in a prior public political election. In order to be considered in the bidding, an offered AES now only needs to have been successfully used in a prior election.
The requirement of successful use in a prior public political election was objected to by Filipino technology proponents who pointed out that local technology has never been used in any public political election. This, they said, would make the questioned requirement discriminatory as it would effectively disqualify local companies.
In authorizing the amendment, the Commission en banc acknowledged that many non-public and non-political elections – such as elections held by private organizations – have been successfully conducted by electronic means.
“Considering the widespread use of electronic voting systems in various non-political elections throughout the country, as well as the general acceptability of the results of those elections, it is abundantly clear to the Commission en banc that prior successful use in a public political election need not be the only applicable standard.”
Read Bid Bulletin No. 5 here.